Man Thrown Off Bridge Into Icy River 45 Feet Below After Trying To Break Up A Fight

"I did it. I threw him over the bridge," the assailant allegedly confessed.

By Eric Shorey

Connecticut resident Gregory Rottjer, 25, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after throwing a person who attempted to intervene during an argument with his girlfriend off a bridge, according to The Huffington Post.

The incident reportedly occurred around 1 AM on Thanksgiving day at the bridge connecting the cities of Shelton and Derby. Rottjer and his girlfriend, Jennifer Hannum, 22, were fighting verbally about Rottjer's drinking habits when two bystanders “tried to see if the female was OK and then attempted to walk away,” Detective Richard Bango said. The two had been attempting to de-escalate the situation.

Rottjer and his friend, Matthew Dorso, then began attacking the pair of good samaritans. Rottjer intentionally threw one of the intervening bystanders off the 45-foot bridge. The victim landed in the frigid waters of the Housatonic River. A rescue crew was ultimately able to pull him out of the water.

“Credit is due to the police, fire, and EMS personnel who acted swiftly and courageously to assist the victim,” Bango said.

Rottjer, Dorso and Hannum fled the scene.

The victim is currently recovering at the Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious from several serious injuries. His name has not been released to the public.

"I did it. I threw him over the bridge," Rottjer later allegedly confessed.

Rottjer is being held on $250,000 bail. Dorso faces a third-degree assault charge. Hannum was charged with interfering with an officer. Hannum was released on $1,000 bail. It is unclear if they have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.

[Photo: Shelton Police Dept]

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